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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 27, 2010

Catherine O'Brian, N.H. State Council on the Arts
(603) 271-0795
catherine.r.obrian@dcr.nh.gov

Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
(603) 271-3136
shelly.angers@dcr.nh.gov

Lori Temple, N.H. Department of Education
(603) 271-6646
ltemple@ed.state.nh.us

N.H. Arts, Education Leaders Chosen for 2010 National Education Leaders Institute

The N.H. State Council on the Arts was recently selected by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to receive support for a team of New Hampshire leaders in arts, education, and media literacy to attend the 2010 National Education Leaders Institute.

Launched in 2007, the Institute convenes state teams of policymakers, educators, advocates, and artists to discuss a shared arts education challenge, to create strategies that strengthen their state’s arts education policies, and to design public education with arts at the core. The state arts agencies from nineteen states applied to be a part of the program this year; five were selected. In addition to New Hampshire, teams from Illinois, Ohio, Oregon, and Washington will also participate.

The New Hampshire team includes: Fred Bramante, member of the N.H. State Board of Education; Jerry Frew, superintendent for the Kearsarge Regional School District and immediate past president of the N.H. School Administrators Association; Marcia McCaffrey, Arts Consultant, Bureau of Accountability for the N.H. Department of Education; Vanessa Vartabedian, community manager for New Media Literacies, a MacArthur Foundation project out of the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism; Van McLeod, commissioner of the N.H. Department of Cultural Resources; and Catherine O'Brian, Arts in Education coordinator for the State Arts Council and team leader for the New Hampshire group.

“We are all honored to be part of this national initiative,” said O’Brian. “This is an unusual and very exciting opportunity to work together with a group of experienced, creative leaders and thinkers, who care deeply about innovative approaches to improving learning and education for all students in New Hampshire, with arts at the core.”

“It is the creative economy that will move America forward in the 21st century,” said Bramante. “This will require integrating the arts into curriculum areas that we haven't regularly thought of as logical places for the arts to be, including science, math and technology. If we do this well, America's economic standing will be well served.”

The 2010 National Education Leaders Institute takes place July 26-28 in Chicago. NEA funds pay for the Institute and for all travel expenses.

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